Thursday, December 1, 2016
More than 120 Mercyhurst University students, faculty and staff turned out for the recent 2016 Polar Bear Plunge, raising a record $11,700 – the best fundraising effort by any local school – for Special Olympics PA. The group had set a goal of $5,000, which it far outdistanced. Although everyone took the unseasonal dip in Lake Erie, Mercyhurst’s “Plunger of the Year” award went to education student Taylor Balser, who raised $1,040. Besides the faculty and 18 student teams that participated, a number of people helped spread the word and raise money for the cause. “We are very proud of our school's efforts, and hope our support of this important cause only continues to increase in the coming years,” said Sam Lioi, vice president of Mercyhurst Student Government. All told, the Erie Plunge raised an estimated $75,000 to help support local Special Olympics athletes.